Balancing the Book Budget May 2015

Posted May 31, 2015 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 1 Comment


Book Budget 2015

Balancing the Book Budget May 2015


  1. I can purchase up to $300 that I got in GC from Christmas/Birthday.
  2. I can use my audible credits
  3. If I buy extra credits or if I use “Add Professional Narration” that comes out of my GC amount
  4. I will track all my monthly reads through this post

Budget started with: $300

I need to explain that while my budget is $300–my goal is to stay under $150 for the year.

Starting Total for May: $265.59 left to spend and 11 Audiobook Credits ($10 voucher) + 24 Audiobook Credits (Christmas Gift Subscription–I waited to apply this till right before my renew date)

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts:

  1. Till Death (#1, Deep Six Security) by Becky McGraw -FREE (RT15)
  2. Just Shoot Me (#1, Cowboy Way) by Becky McGraw -FREE (RT15)
  3. Graveyard Shift (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. Book 1)  by Angela Roquet -FREE (RT15)
  4. List of all the Physical Books added to my shelves from RT HERE (29)

Total Purchased (# Added to the TBR):   $0.00 / 30 Books added to the TBR

Audiobook Credits used: 2

  1. Jurrasic Park by Michael Crichton – Voucher
  2. It Starts With Food by Melissa Hartwig – 1 credit

Credits Left (# Added to the TBR):   2

Review Books (Physical, Audio, or Edelweiss):

  1. Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti (Audio)(Audible Review Book)
  2. Some Like it Witchy by Heather Blake (Audio)(Tantor) (LISTENED)
  3. Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons (Hardcover) (READ)
  4. Suicide Squad by DC Comics (Ebook)(READ)
  5. Easy Target by Kay Thomas (Ebook) (Avon)

# of books added to the TBR:   6

Books Won/Gifted:

  1. None (I put RT books up above)

# of books added to the TBR:

What I shopped off my TBR (Things I owned or had for review before Jan 1 2015):

  1. The Vault of Dreamers (The Vault of Dreamers, #1) by Caragh M O’Brien

Total off the TBR:

What I borrowed from the library/friend :

  1. I’ve Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm (The Lords of Worth, #1) by Kelly Bowen (Paperback $6.00)
  2. Year of No Sugar: A Memoir  by Eve Schuab (Ebook $9.99)
  3. Once Bitten, Twice Burned (Phoenix Fire, #2) by Cynthia Eden (Ebook $9.38)

Total Amount Saved Shopping at the Library (This Year–price based on version that I borrowed):  $75.80 (Jan) + $42.27 (Feb) + 45.97 (March) + 29.87 (April) + 25.37 (May)= $219.19

Other Books Read this Month:

  1. Interview With an Accidental (Accidentally Paranormal Series) by Dakota Cassidy (Ebook) 4 Stars
  2. Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep (Paperback) 4 Stars
  3. Some Like It Witchy (A Wishcraft Mystery, #5) by Heather Blake (Audio) 4 Stars
  4. Taken by Dee Henderson (Audio) DNF
  5. The Dead Lands  by Benjamin Percy (Audio) DNF
  6. Fire Inside (Chaos, #2) by Kristen Ashley (Paperback) 3 Stars
  7. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks  by Sam Maggs (Hardcover/Audio) 3 Stars
  8. Day Shift (Midnight, Texas, #2) by Charlain Harris (Audio) 4 Stars
  9. The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #3) by Lorraine Heath (Paperback/Audio) 4 Stars
  10. Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8) by Darynda Jones (Audio) 3 Stars

Books Purchased by my Mom (we share a Kindle–the only ones on this list are ones I wouldn’t purchase if just me)

  1. NONE


Budget left starting next month:

  • Gift Card Balance:  265.59
  • Audiobook Credits:  33 Credits

Number of Books added to my TBR:  38 (could have been worse with the RT Books) – 1 old read off my shelf ( and 10 new ones from 2015 gets)

Total Spent this year: $34.41


Challenge Updates: This will be only close because I haven’t reviewed them all yet!

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One response to “Balancing the Book Budget May 2015

  1. I’m seriously impressed by how few books you ended up with from RT. I haven’t done my post yet, but I’m scared LOL I definitely got at least 100 books….